Well, it was only a matter of time. Ryan Madson, so stellar as both a setup man and a closer this season, was torched by the Reds in the ninth inning of a 6-3 loss to Cincinnati.
Madson's rocky ninth inning began with a throwing error by the right-hander and ended with a three-run double by Jay Bruce. In between, the key play was a hot shot by Scott Rolen that Placido Polanco fielded spectacularly. But by the time he considered the forceout at second base, it was too late to get Rolen at first.
Vance Worley had the worst start of his brief career, though he still gave the Phillies a chance to win. He battled through five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks, including a costly one to Johnny Cueto.
Also: How good has Michael Stutes been? Another scoreless inning tonight. He has not been scored upon in 11 of his 12 outings. …Chase Utley got his first hit of the season - a third-inning single on which Jimmy Rollins was gunned down at the plate. ... Dom Brown was 0-for-2 with a walk and a sac fly.
Next up: Roy Halladay vs. Travis Wood on Wednesday night. The last time Wood started against the Phillies, he carried a perfect game into the ninth inning before Chooch broke it up with a double. The last time Halladay started against the Reds, well, you know what happened.